Okay here is how it goes, sorry i might get graphic --- okay, i got my period september 22nd and it was normal flow, it started slowing down on the 23rd and then it went little spotting to nothing on the 24th so it like went away, then on the 25th it came on heavy again, then it was completely gone on the 27th. I got the mirena inserted on October 1st, (with out being on my period) my OBGYN told me to wait 1 week to let the IUD get settled into my uterus ... fine no problem, well i started reading up on other peoples post, and it said that it can take up to 1 month before bein completely covered. so i emailed my obgyn via email that goes thru the company and she told me after i questioned her about it and she tells me use back up birth control for 1 month to be on the safe side, now here is my question.. its an IUD its shaped as a T -- correct me if im wrong.. but since it cuts off by my fallopen tubes, isnt it supposed to stop the seman from going into my tubes to fertilize an egg? seriously? so why would she tell me to wait a week to wait for it to settle in my uterus ( its been a week today ) but use back up birth control for the next month, thats rediculas, and ITS NOT A CHEAP birth control, why wouldnt i be protected right away... can somebody give me some input on this??? like im confused. i dislike condoms * i know im not the only girl that this happens too, but the rubbery smell is enough to gross me out... and i dont like smelling like that after words, before i get into the shower * so thats why i chose to BUY A GOOD BIRTHCONTORL hence the IUD mirena, and now i have to suffer an extra month with these dang things??? i thought it was supposed to protect me right away, so i get told wait a week, fine no biggie... now i got to use these damn things for another month... okay so now, the strings they are not like yarn okay, they are semi- sharp, i felt them... what if he uses condoms, dont u think that the STRINGS will puncture a hole thru the condom?? seriously.. doesnt any one else think of this stuff... -- okay i wrote enough... input sisters??? lol
Its just a tiny t tho, it doesn't block your tubes. It works by both releasing hormones and by irritation to the uterine lining, creating a hostile environment. The string is sharp? I don't think it should be, or it would hurt you. You're sure its the strings you're feeling. I don't blame you for not liking condoms, they're the pits. Unfortunately they haven't come up with anything better that does the same thing. Here's the Mirena web site for more info. mirena-us.com/index.jsp
Those are ally good question and I thought KaisMamas explanation was very good, about how it works. Your ob is smart to tell you to use protection for a month, as it takes time for these Mirenas to settle and fully work. Many drs don't emphasize how important it is to use a back up method for 21 days when starting a patient on birth control pills, the packet inserts say 1 week on those too, but to make absolute sure, a woman should use back up for 21 days, to make sure the hormones have done their job. This may be why the ob said one week at first, then one month. Those strings can be trimmed, but if they get them too short, you can't check for them. You may also have some inflammation in that area still, making it more sensitive and that may be why they feel so sharp. Please go to the site Kaismama told you of and call your ob tomorrow, to report how sharp the strings are, she may can trim those a bit.
As kaismama states, it is a small device, it doesnt block semen but rather it secretes hormones to prevent ovulation and it also causes an irritant in the uterus which makes the uterus a more hostile environment which prevents implantation if an egg happens to be fertilized. This can increase the risk of tubal pregancies though so it is important to notify your Dr if you ever get severe abdominal pain. The strings wont cut the condom or make holes in the condom. You can decide whether or not you want to be totally safe or if you want to chance it. It is safest to wait a full cycle before you rely on most hormonal birth control measures. I agree about condoms-I really despise them too but it is only a month. You can either bear up and use condoms or you can abstain from vaginal sex.
Mirena doesnt protect you against STDs, so if you have multiple partners your going to want to continue to use condoms to protect against STDs. If you are in a monogamous long time relationship then condoms are only important in the first 4 weeks. A month is not that long a time and surely you can deal with it until your birth control method kicks in. If you had chosen other hormonal birth control, it would have been the same thing. If the strings do bother you or your partner, ask your Dr about trimming them.
- Mirena Information for Consumers
- Mirena Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Mirena (detailed)
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